Continuing our survey of Flavel’s work on the marks of grace in the true believer, we consider how people react to sin in their lives, drawing out a contrast between the believer and the unbeliever in five different facets of their reactions under the trials of indwelling sin:

  • The first is abstinence: Why do we abstain from sin?
  • The second is hatred of sin: Do we hate sin as sin?
  • The third is sorrow for sin: If we grieve for it, why do we?
  • The fourth is refusal to submit to sin: How do we respond to the temptations of sin?
  • And the fifth is opposition to, and conflict with, sin: Why do we oppose it and is our opposition universal?

As always, our prayer is that we may search our own hearts and discern our condition before the Lord.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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